Today marks Elephant Appreciation Day in the US – a day to celebrate all things elephant. It was established in 1996 and invites everyone to find something new to learn about elephants, their habitats, their miraculous bodies, and what they do for the world as a “keystone” species – critical to the survival of other plants and animals within their ecosystems.
At Global Sanctuary for Elephants, we understand elephants to be remarkably intelligent, emotionally sensitive, and complex, sentient beings. We learn more about ourselves, our physical and emotional capabilities and intelligence from them as time passes. Watching elephants like Guillermina work hard to improve herself and learn how to be a better herd member is inspiring; as humans, we can become complacent with improving ourselves. Watching Guille put in so much effort to understand herself and learn empathy can be a lesson for us all.
Every elephant we’ve met has changed us in some way, teaching us more about how to be good stewards of others, how to find and tap into our vulnerabilities, and the power of trust. For some of us, their journeys teach us about being resilient and that even in the darkest times, hope can still be found and a brighter and beautiful future is a possibility.
Today, let’s lean into those lessons as we appreciate everything that makes each individual elephant here at sanctuary unique and everything they have to teach us if we remain open to their messages.
Photo of Bambi in the front, followed by Guille, Pocha, and Rana